HAhAhHaAhaHAhhAHHAhAAhhAHHAAhaahAHAha! Joker is out in NZ Cinemas from October 3rd and wooowwweee let me tell ya this is NOT the DC Comics movie to take your children too, nope, no way. This heavy, dark and disturbing stand alone origin story for one of the most recognised villains of all time is a polarising and divisive watch. While I did enjoy aspects of Joker I was left feeling gross and worried after watching it; but even then I respect that the production of a film of this calibre must have done it’s job well in order to make me feel that strongly. But let’s break it down…
Walking straight out of Joker I felt as though it was a discombobulating, anarchist, disturbing watch of a film that you won’t be able to take your eyes away from for a single second. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is astounding, bringing a mix of Silence of the Lambs Buffalo Bill, Norman Bates and Charlie Chaplin rolled into this very disillusioned character that at times you’ll be in love with and at times be absolutely disgusted by. This is a completely new origin story, everything you know about the Joker and DC Comics, – throw it away, this is all new. Watch Joker with a grain of salt…it’s very disturbing!
Ultimately I did enjoy Joker a lot. Cinematography is stylised and I do enjoy it when a director goes out on a limb and puts there aesthetic out there boldly; use of plenty ECU shots bring you right inside Arthur’s mental health issues and it breaks you. Joker slowly wears down on you like the world has worn down on Arthur but then you’re filled with an acutely strong sense that his reaction is NOT a good one. At least that’s my greatest concern, that someone would watch his actions and feel he’s completely justified in them. Because that is very much not the case.
There’s a spoiler post coming from me on this one you can bet!
Joke is out in NZ Cinemas now